I arrived to the country of Georgia on an unusual night of riot police and torrential rains. My handler advised me that it was too dangerous to leave the hotel. I had not heard this from anyone since my time in Iraq.
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The disco-combo Stephane and 3G [სტეფანე დ 3G] emerged triumphant as Georgia’s 2009 Eurovision entry last night. Here is a video of the winning song, “We don’t wanna put in.”
Not only a catchy disco pop tune, it also contains a not-so-subtle message to Vladimir Putin, the former President and current Prime Minister of Russia. The lyrics:
We don’t wanna put in
The negative move
It’s killin’ the groove.
I’m a-try to shoot in
Some disco tonight
Boogie with you.
“i hope i won’t b dead by tomorrow :)” ended an emailed letter from my Georgian Keti in Tbilisi. Writing from her apartment overlooking Freedom Square in the heart of the country’s capital on Monday, she detailed the chaos occurring outside her window and the sense of fear over an impending Russian invasion. The distress is palpable. I lived in Tbilisi in 2006-07, and it’s terrifying to consider the beautiful mountain city filled with Russian tanks. Reading her account, the wording served both as a stark reminder of what’s at stake for the Georgian people and as an insight into the current form that crisis takes.